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Syrian children return to Jordan after successful surgeries in Prague

Jan 20,2014 - Last updated at Jan 20,2014

AMMAN — A Czech aircraft landed in Amman with two Syrian children who underwent complicated heart surgery in Prague, according a Czech embassy statement issued on Monday. 

The siblings stayed in the Czech capital for more than a month with their mother and older brother.

The army aircraft also carried several tonnes of winter clothes for Syrian families in refugee camps.

The patients — aged six and 17 — had fled to Jordan from Syria and are currently living with their parents near the town of Zarqa, the statement said.

They were diagnosed with severe congenital heart defects, which were never adequately treated.

The surgeries they underwent will give them a “great chance to live a normal life”, the statement said.

Their treatment was part of the MEDEVAC project, under which a team of paediatric cardiologists was deployed in Jordan in mid-December 2013.

During their stay, they conducted six successful surgeries on Syrian children with heart diseases.

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